AVCHD Video Editing

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by bwhipps, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. bwhipps macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2010
    I am currently using a PC and can't stand editing in High Def on it
    so I am considering switching to a Mac and using Final Cut Pro, but I am not sure if the laptop I am considering will be powerfully enough to handle AVCHD editing:

    15" Macbook Pro
    Intel Core i5
    4 GB Memory
    320 GB Hard Drive 5400rpm
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256MB
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    As FCP won't work with AVCHD footage in its native format (MPEG-4), FCP will transcode the footage to a format of your choice (.mov using the ProRes or Apple Intermediate Codec), thus you can edit it. Any current Mac is capable of doing this without problems, just think about getting an external HDD to store your footage on and use as scratch disk, as AIC or PreRes encoded HD video will take up 40GB/hour and more.
  3. bwhipps thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2010
    thanks for the response, so If i want to edit AVCHD with FCP or iMovie, I will have to render it to another format? and is there a program I can run on Mac where I can just take the AVCHD file and edit it without transcoding it?
  4. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    The most recent versions of Avid and Premiere Pro will handle AVCHD natively but don't expect great performance as it is a very CPU intensive codec.

  5. steveOooo macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2008
    Try converting the AVCHD footage into editable formate (for mac) its pro res or XDCAM - for PC id imagine encode to similar format.

    Seems alot of people complaim that their new swanky camcorder which shoots great hd at small file sizes (1GB per 5 mins i think) cant edit it - or try to and it doesnt work or wonder why it takes ages to import and then the file sizes are huge! (background encoding in case of imovie).

    manufacturers should make it clear - for best results, edit into these formats, file sizes will be bigger. simples

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